Richard Henry Wilde

Richard Henry Wilde ( * September 24, 1789 in Dublin, Ireland, † September 10, 1847 in New Orleans, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1815 and 1835 he represented several times the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1797, Richard Wilde came with his parents to the United States, where they settled in Baltimore (Maryland). There, the young Richard received a modest primary education. In 1802 he moved to Augusta, Georgia. There he was first engaged in trade. After studying law and its made ​​in 1809 admitted to the bar he began in Augusta to work in his new profession. Between 1811 and 1813, he was a prosecutor at the Supreme Court in Richmond County. He was after the practice at that time also ex officio attorney general of his state.

Politically Wilde was initially a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In the state- wide discharged congressional elections of 1814 he was the first deputy's mandate of the State of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Barnett on March 4, 1815. Since he has not been confirmed in the elections of 1816, he was initially able to do only one term in Congress until March 3, 1817. Following the resignation of Mr Thomas W. Cobb Wilde was chosen as his successor for the seventh mandate of Georgia in the Congress. There, however, he could only finish the current legislative period between February 7 and March 3, 1825.

After the dissolution of his party in the 1820s, Richard Wilde Andrew Jackson and his Democratic Party, was established in 1828 joined. In 1824 and 1826 he applied unsuccessfully to his whereabouts or his return to the Congress. Following the resignation of Mr John Forsyth, he was elected as a candidate of the Jackson Group in the overdue election for the fifth deputy seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he took up his new mandate on 17 November 1827 that he, after some re- election as a candidate Democrats could exercise until 3 March 1835. This time was determined until 1829 by the tensions between supporters and Gegenern of Andrew Jackson.

In 1834, Richard Wilde was not re-elected. Between 1835 and 1840 he traveled to Europe, where he focused on literary matters. He wrote even some poems and other writings. In 1843, Wilde moved to New Orleans, where he worked as a lawyer. He also taught constitutional law at the subject from the University of Louisiana. Richard Wilde died on September 10, 1847 in his new hometown.